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William Stanley WILLSHIRE

Place of birthBroken Hill New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressHebbard Street, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Isabel Willshire, Hebbard Street, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name27th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFouquescourt British Cemetery (Plot III, Row BB, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur Roberts and Sarah Isabell WILLSHIRE, 4 Dover Street, Malvern, South Australia

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action with his company. He led his men to the attack with great dash, During consolidation, when other company commanders became casualties, he took charge of the front line, and moved about at great risk supervising the consolidation. His energy and spirit were great factors in the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 1773 Pte Frederick Alfred MOORE, 48th Bn, died of wounds, 28 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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